Ok – so my birthday was yesterday and as if I even care ::shrug::
The funny thing was that my husband told everyone he knew that it was on January 7th.
But my son kindly corrected him and I played along for the most part.
Today however he stayed home from work. And since he wanted to help Danny with school in some bizarre fashion it was the Chapter of Proverbs of the Day -which is the only way my husband can figure out what to read… lessee today is the Thirteenth so when I came in from feeding this morning My husband had his back to the kid and was basically reading out loud to an empty living room while Danny sat at the table behind him and worked on something else.
..he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin-the soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied-the righteous hates falsehood, but the wicked brings shame and disgrace-righteousness guards him whose way is blameless,
but sin overthrows the wicked-one pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth-the ransom of a man’s life is his wealth, but a poor man hears …
I said what are you doing?
I told him….that is not bible study. you can’t run through proverbs verse after verse without stopping and discussing anything. Proverbs is nuggets of wisdom, to be digested slowly….Oh boy his feelings were hurt. But goodness…
I told him – The boy knows what he is reading I think he is in Exodus 22. Of course my mate loves to roll his eyes at me. So he proceeded to read Exodus 22 in the same rather break neck fashion, except pausing to introduce nuggets of discussion like : Imagine that! People paying for what they destroy! …Maybe we need to start making people pay double what they steal.
Of course all was well until he came to Vs. 28 because cursing the leader is a way popular hobby for my spouse. It may have been a pound of flesh but I pointed out the verse, he responded with a terse – yeah I got that. But I am not a Jew, so…
Deep breath 3…2….1….okay one more Deep breath…….3……2……1….
I Am Livid.
THIS is the problem – let’s change gears here for a moment and talk about marriage.
Let’s talk about two married couples that live in the same town, but are not well acquainted.
One will be Mr & Mrs Miller and one will be Mr & Mrs Smith. When these folks married their spouses they made a promise to each other to love and care and cherish….each other; excluding all others.
Now if Mrs. Smith runs off with the paper boy – who is jealous? Her husband, right? the Millers do not care. If Mrs. Miller keeps her husband happy, who is blessed by that? The Smiths do not care…unless Mr. Smith starts seeing how good the Millers have it and wishing he had picked Mrs. Miller to be his wife instead. Now he is being covetousness – the difference is that jealousy is wanting what is rightfully yours and covetousness is wanting what is rightfully someone else’s.
Now the Almighty made an agreement much like the marriage contract between himself and all of Israel – he sent his friend Moses as a go between to work out the details and When the people who would be the bride heard the terms they said “we hear and we obey”
So the bride hears and obeys and the husband is there to love and protect and provide for his bride. So easy!
—– But when the bride walks out the door to say I don’t want your love anymore – she also loses the benefits. The idea of being precious to the Almighty while dismissing the “hear and obey” part and also being upset that other people who have nothing to do with this relationship are not doing the “hear and obey” thing…ugh.
My frustration is…overwhelming.